Five Low-Tech Items You Should Take Camping

Five Low-Tech Items You Should Take CampingCamping is a brilliant way to disconnect yourself from the computer and step away from the hustle and bustle of modern living. After all, your body needs to get away from the warm glow of the computer monitors now and then if only to give your eyes a little relaxation and your body some much-needed exercise.

Despite popular belief, camping doesn’t mean having to rid yourself of all means of technology. In fact, there are a number of great gadgets and gizmos you can take with you. A mobile GPS, phone, LED lantern, Kindle, and any number of other low-energy devices can keep you connected, even when you’re out in the wilderness.

There are, however, a number of low-tech items that I absolutely recommend to anyone who wants to go camping. These items provide comfort, have multiple uses, and can even keep you alive should you get lost in the bush.

These items don’t light up, require batteries, or come at any significant cost to the camper. Here are five low-tech items you should take camping.

13 comments On Five Low-Tech Items You Should Take Camping

  • Out of all of those, I bring the paracord and fishing line (complete with tackle box and rod/reel). I was raised in a forest setting, so camping was a weekend thing. The other things we could live without. Although, the machete would have helped when coming to a wall of blackberries! 

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    Flint & Striker Firestarter 

  • I’ve not camped much in my life, but enjoyed the article, Matt. Never heard of a shemagh before! That alone was worth the time it took to read the article. Is there a particular way to learn how to wrap it, or is it just a matter of personal experimentation?

    A couple rough spots I noticed:
    “This protects your neck from the sun and prevents bugs falling front the trees…”
    “A machete or kukri will give you the ability to… shop small to mid-sized branches for firewood…”

  • Sounds like a lot of fun.

  • I would include a camp or ‘bow’ saw.  You can cut thru logs very fast (and safer} than using an ax.  Also, fishing line can be used for stitches in an emergency 

  • “Being separated by them for any reason can make you feel completely vulnerable.” I would imagine that being separated BY anything would make me feel at least a little vulnerable.

  • Ultimate piece of camping (but definitely not backpacking) equipment — the Dutch oven and some charcoal.  There’s nothing like seeing the eyes of your fellow campers while you’re pulling out freshly baked biscuits or turnovers for breakfast, then chicken stew, or even a roast for dinner!

  • I wanted to say that part about the fishing line, but was sure some doctor would tell me how unsanitary and wrong it is of me to suggest such a thing. Still, when you’ve got a big hole in your body, you need to seal it up pretty fast.

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